Cover Photo by Tiffeny Michal Photography. Hiking & Coffee photo by Visual Photography.
Fall has arrived in the Pacific Northwest – and with that comes the crisp morning air, everything pumpkin, and yes – the rains. But fear not – there is plenty to do in the Stanwood-Camano area during the fall season to make the most of this wonderful season.
Take A Hike
The Stanwood-Camano area has so many options for hiking there is something for everybody whether you are looking for a day long adventure or just a quick jaunt. Get out those hiking books – grab a warm jacket and check out the newly restored tidal marsh on Leque Island where you can hike on top of a flat 0.7 mile berm and enjoy the sight and sounds of hawks, ducks, and other birds, in addition to breathtaking views of the North Cascades and Olympics. If you have already exhausted the miles of trails at Camano Island State and Cama Beach State Park you might want to check out Four Springs Lake Preserve, a 50-acre preserve with steams, a lake and plenty of walking trails.
Warm Up with a Beverage
There is nothing better than cozying up with a delicious and warm beverage after an outdoor hike. You will find multiple drive thru coffee stands if that is your style. A local favorite in Stanwood is – you guessed it – Locals Espresso where you can find a wide selection of espresso drinks and fabulous customer service. On Camano, Shipwreck Coffee is a must-stop and if you are a pumpkin lover their pumpkin drinks and homemade whipped cream are delicious.
Looking for something a bit stronger than coffee? This article spells out the Love of Libations and gives you plenty of options.
Check out the giant pumpkins at Kristoferson Farm on Camano Island – guess the weight of a pumpkin for $1 (all proceeds go to the Stanwood-Camano Food Bank). Before pumpkin spiced lattes, there was fresh pressed apple cider – watch the cider being pressed and purchase some to take home on 10/17 & 10/18. And on 10/24 at Kristoferson Farm you can watch the pumpkins fly through the air with a Trebuchet Firing. Schuh Farms is a familiar face at both the Stanwood & Camano Farmers Market and they offer some great farm fun for the fall with mini doughnuts, a corn maze, giant pumpkin patch, tractor train rides, and recycle junktion! Please wear a mask and observe social distancing at the above activities.
Decorate a Pumpkin
One of the best things about Fall is PUMPKINS! Carve them, paint them, eat them, decorate with them – the opportunities are endless. The staff at the City of Stanwood roll up their sleeves and each decorate a pumpkin – and YOU get to vote on your favorite. And yes that gum ball dispenser – is a pumpkin – and the 2019 winner. Follow them on Facebook to cast your vote. Want to enter your pumpkin into a virtual pumpkin decorating contest? Local Businesses Pub 282 and Envirotek are hosting their own decorating contests.